Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are going to have a baby girl!
The tech power-couple announced the news with a post on the soon-to-be father’s Facebook profile just minuted ago! In the post, he explained how excited he is at the prospect of being a father, as well as bravely revealing that the couple suffered three miscarriages in the past:
This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation.
We want to share one experience to start. We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.
You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.
In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg met while they were both students at Harvard. The pair incidentally met in line for the bathroom at a party hosted by Zuckerberg’s fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, in 2003.
“He was this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there,” Chan told The New Yorker, explaining that her first impression of him wasn’t great. It doesn’t sound like their first date was any better, as she went on to explain that, “he told me that he’d rather go on a date with me than finish his take-home midterm.”
Thankfully something stuck, as they have been together ever since. She became one of the first people to join Facebook in 2004, moved to California with him in 2007 (where she also went to medical school in San Francisco), and officially moved in with him in 2010.
Incidentally the pair only became “Facebook Official” in 2011; and just a year later they finally tied the knot just days after Chan graduated from med school and Zuckerberg saw Facebook through one of the largest tech IPOs in history.
Since then, they have donated millions of dollars to charities that fund and support child welfare and education. Just last year, the couple provided $120 million to improve San Francisco’s public schools. Perhaps in preparation for this very event!
Congratulations to the couple.